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EU assisting Barbados with renewable energy

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

EU assisting Barbados with renewable energy

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BARBADOS’ MOVE TOWARDS renewable energy is being assisted with a EUR 3.5 million allocation from the European Union (EU).

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said today it was vital that Barbados reduced its dependency on fossil fuels and the EU aid represented a shift from the initial EU/Barbados relationship when the support was for sugar and rum.

Speaking this morning at a ceremony to mark Europe Day 2016 at the European Delegation’s headquarters in Hastings, Christ Church, the Prime Minister said the EU had contributed significantly to the development of Barbados over its 40-year-association with the country, through several conventions and agreements that had brought “lasting benefit” to Barbados and the region.

Members of the diplomatic corps, including ambassadors from EU member states and government representatives, were among guests witnessing the unveiling of a plaque by the Prime Minister and the EU Ambassador Mikael Barfod to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the opening of an EU office in Barbados. (GC)